Cableway reopens today!
We’re excited to announce that we have reopened today, Monday 12 August 2019 (weather permitting), a week earlier than expected, following a five-week shutdown for scheduled annual maintenance.
“Thanks to the hard work of the dedicated maintenance team, under the exceptional leadership of our technical manager, Emile Streicher, we’re excited that the Cableway is reopening ahead of schedule,” says Cableway managing director Wahida Parker. “We look forward to welcoming our visitors from near and far back to the mountain.”
The maintenance team, made up of internal Cableway staff, riggers and equipment experts from Switzerland, completed over 400 hours of work. The biggest jobs included the replacement of the heel and haul ropes, testing and replacement (where required) of the load-bearing components on the cabins, the mechanical overhaul of the rotating floors and cabin-door mechanisms in the cable cars, and maintenance of the hydraulic and brake systems.
Streicher says: “The heel and haul ropes are 2.4km long and together weigh 10 tonnes, so a lot of manpower is needed to manoeuvre them. Although we work with big, often heavy, equipment and parts, our to-do list needs to be completed with finesse and accuracy. Throughout maintenance, we’re required to adhere to a strict schedule. The biggest challenge of this year’s maintenance was navigating the unpredictable winter weather – it was not unusual for work to continue in rain, wind and extreme cold!”
Parker says safety is of paramount importance to the attraction. “Annual maintenance is non-negotiable and ensures we can continue to safely and efficiently showcase our beautiful mountain to more than a million visitors every year – a responsibility, and an honour that we do not take lightly.”
“During the five-week shutdown, the Cableway also took the opportunity to improve the visitor experience. The Café has seen a minor overhaul with the installation of new ovens, and general maintenance was done around the Ticket Office and retail areas. Core IT service and networking upgrades were completed and, in order to provide updated information to visitors, a digital signboard has been installed at the Lower Station queuing area. Improvements have also been made to the ticketing system, which is currently undergoing further testing before role-out,” concludes Parker.
The maintenance schedule is aligned with the highest global cableway standards set by BAV, the Swiss governing body for cableways.
Celebrated your birthday during our 2019 annual maintenance period? Here’s how to collect your FREE birthday ticket:
South Africans aged 18 and older who celebrated their birthdays during the maintenance period can redeem their complimentary Cableway ticket until Sunday 18 August 2019. The 3-for-1 Kidz Season special for locals is back, seven days a week, until 30 September 2019.